Thursday, August 18, 2011

Is Perry Trading His Cowboy Boots For a Tinfoil Hat?

When Rick Perry's name first surfaced as potential candidate for POTUS, many of my out of state friends asked me what I thought about his chances. I replied that Perry would be a strong candidate for the GOP nomination but I did not think he would be a strong candidate for the general election. Somehow a white man with a thick Southern accent, who flirted with secession and constantly talks about state rights, going against the first black president is not what I would call the ideal candidate. Also, there is George W. Bush.

The Democrats did very well running against George W. Bush in 2006 and 2008. Once Perry joined the presidential contest,  it was not surprising that Democrats and their allies in the media began the "Perry is Bush on steroids" comparison. And Perry did not disappoint. He took his swaggering Texas persona and Malboro man looks to the national of stage and started talking tough.... against Bernanke. Wait a minute!  I expected for Perry to go after Obama.. but Bernanke? WTH!
“If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said referring to Bernanke, “I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we -- we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous -- or treasonous in my opinion.”
GULP! Karl Rove and other Republican strategists immediately reacted by saying that Perry needs to understand that what is acceptable in Texas doesn't translate well at the national stage. Of course being the tough talking Texas cowboy that he is, Perry reacted to the criticism as any tough talking Texas cowboy would. He doubled down on his attack on the Fed:
"If they would simply open up and be transparent with the American people, I think it would go a long way towards either finding out whether or not there is some activities that are improper or that they've been handling themselves quite well. But until they do that, I think there will continue to be questions about their activity and what their true goal is for the United States,"
Suggesting "improper" activities at the Fed is something I would expect from Alex Jones. Maybe the media got it all wrong. Perry is not going to be "Bush on steroids". He may be "Ron Paul on steroids".